Step 5: Instructor Training

The IIT program is an intensive job-training program designed to take young sailors from student to instructor during an eight-week summer session.  Full completion of the IIT program typically takes two summers.  This program will help you master your sailing skills, build your confidence on the water and as a leader, bring together you and your peers as a formidable sailing instruction team.  The IIT program will also prepare you for the industry-standard US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification course by introducing you to some basic instruction techniques and giving you the opportunity to apply them by helping to teach the Courageous Step 1/2 Programs at all three of our sites!

Learn more here

Age 12 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Students may also be subject to on-site "swim-check" and "capsize recovery test"
Experience Requiment Open to Step 4 students from prior summers, those who have "graduated" from Step 3, and those who are new to Courageous but have gained equivalent sailing experience elsewhere.
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer (M-F, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
2014 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/7 - Thu 7/24
  • Session 2: Tue 7/29 - Fri 8/15
Locations Charlestown only
Cost $500 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings) 

Course Description

Step 4 is an Advanced Sailing course offered to children ages 12-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each session of Step 4 lasts three weeks, and students frequently repeat this step for a number of summers. During this time, they apply the skills mastered in Step 3 to take on more complex challenges, competing in local regattas cruising out to the Boston Harbor Islands for overnight camping trips.

Step 3: Intermediate Sailing

Age 10 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds. Students may also be subject to on-site "swim-check" and "capsize recovery test"
Experience Requiment Open to Step 3 students from previous summers, those who passed the basic sailing test and "graduated" Step 2, and those who are new to Courageous but have gained equivalent sailing experience elsewhere.
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer (M-F, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
2014 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/7 - Thu 7/24
  • Session 2: Tue 7/29 - Fri 8/15
Locations Charlestown only
Cost $500 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings)

Course Description

Step 3 is an Intermediate Sailing course offered to children ages 10-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each session of Step 3 lasts three weeks, and students typically repeat this Step for a number of summers. During this time, they master fundamental sailing skills as they begin to sail more independently on Boston Harbor, increasingly without a sailing instructor aboard. This is also the Step in which dinghy sailing is introduced, with the addition of Lasers. By this level, students must be proficient swimmers, as they are being introduced for the first time to boats that can capsize. Please refer to the registration FAQ section for more details.

 

Age 9 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds.
Experience Requiment Open only to students returning to Courageous who have already completed at least one summer of Step 1, "Swim-Sail-Science," Camp Harbor View, or Summer Learning Project
Limits One 3-week session per child per summer (M-F, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)
2014 Dates
  • Session 1: Mon 7/7- Thu 7/24
  • Session 2: Tue 7/29 - Fri 8/15
Locations Charlestown only
Cost $500 (fee is based on a sliding scale; 10% off for siblings)

Course Description

Step 2 is a Beginner Sailing course offered to children ages 9-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area who are interested in learning more about sailing. Each session of Step 2 lasts three weeks, and students typically repeat this Step for a number of summers. During this time, they develop fundamental sailing skills, in preparation for more independent sailing in Step 3.

Please note: Due to high demand, enrollment in Step 2 is strictly limited to those who have already participated in one of the Courageous Summer programs. Please refer to the registration and FAQ section for more details.

Age 8 and up
Swim Requirement Must supply proof of ability to swim 75 feet and tread water for 90 seconds.
Experience Requiment No experience necessary. New sailors welcome
Limits One session per child per summer; Each session is 4 days long
Daily Schedule

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM*

*drop off begins at 9:15 AM; extended day option available (see FAQ)

2014 Dates

Charlestown:

  • Mon 7/14 - Thu 7/17
  • Mon 7/21 - Thu 7/24
  • Mon 8/18 - Thu 8/21

 

Jamaica Pond (Boston residents only):

  • Tue 7/29 - Fri 8/1
  • Mon 8/4 - Thu 8/7
  • Mon 8/11 - Thu 8/14  
  • Mon 8/18 - Thu 8/21
Locations Charlestown and Jamaica Pond
Cost $175 (fee is based on a sliding scale)

Course Description

Step 1 is our "Sailing 101" course, offered to children ages 8-and-up from throughout the Greater Boston Area. Each student attends Step 1 for one week. During this time they are introduced to the basics of sailing theory and are exposed to boating on Boston Harbor. Students are taught through a fun, high-energy, game-based approach, learning aboard stable keelboats, Rhodes-19s. No prior sailing experience necessary, but all students must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of swimming competency. Please refer to the registration FAQ section for more details.

 

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Commitment to Safety

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Commitment to Safety

At Courageous we place tremendous importance on safety. We are constantly taking measures to impress upon our students that a safe sailor is a good sailor. Below is a partial listing of our safety regulations, rigorous guidelines that have given Courageous one of the best safety records on Boston Harbor.

  1. Life jackets must be worn at all times while on the dock. No student is allowed throug the dock gate without a life jacket.
  2. Most of our instructors are US Sailing Instructor Certified and all have attended Courageous training programs.
  3. A head instructor is always on duty to supervise operations.
  4. A safety launch accompanies all classes with at least one launch on stand-by at the Courageous pier.
  5. Our student-to-instructor ratio is 3:1 — one of the best in the industry.
  6. All launches are equipped with VHF radios for fast communication with each other, the boathouse, and if necessary the Boston Harbor Police and US Coast Guard.
  7. Courageous has a conservative foul weather policy. Boats are recalled or kept at the dock in bad weather and forecasts are monitored constantly.
  8. All students in the program must be able to swim at least 25 yards and tread water for 90 seconds.

 

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Several competitive high school sailing teams train at Courageous' sites in Charlestown or Jamaica Pond. Whether a school is putting together a team for the very first time or has an already established team that needs a new place to sail, Courageous has been able to come through for local schools.

 

Current high schools that train with Courageous include BB&N, Boston Latin, The British School of Boston, Codman Academy Charter Public School, and Boston Public Schools (district-wide team). To find out if your high school can participate, email or call Kate Henderson at (617) 242-3821 ext. 12.

 

Boston Public Schools' District-Wide Sailing Team
Thanks to an outpouring of community support, in March of 2011, the BPS district-wide sailing team took the water for the first time with a small, but extremely dedicated crew of sailors. The team was comprised of students from all parts of Boston. They had one thing in common: a passion for sailing. The season culminated in a strong C-Division finish at the Mass Bay League Championship. The team’s success was highlighted in numerous news articles, and we were honored that it received national praise in the Council for Great City Schools’ June/July 2011 issue of Urban Educator.

Now entering their second season, returning team members, under the tutelage of veteran Courageous coach Chris DuBois, will return to lead a larger Varsity program and set the stage for a new JV team.

 

 

BPS Students: Interested in Sailing for Boston Public?

**Note: If you attend Boston Latin School, this isn't for you -- you already have a team. Contact Dave and Cha -- they're your BLS sailing coaches!

  • Requirements:
    • No sailing experience necessary!
    • Must be able to swim the length of a pool, unassisted, any stroke, and tread water for 90 seconds.
    • Must be able to commute to Charlestown Navy Yard in time for 3:45 (practice start time) and provide own transportaiton home.
  • Sailing Season Dates: March 26 - June 3, 2012 (tentative)
  • Practice Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Practice Location: Courageous Sailing, Charlestown Navy Yard (directions)
  • Waiver Forms: Download here. Must be signed by parent/legal guardian in order to participate.
  • Medical Forms: Download here. Must be completed and signed by a parent/legal guardian in order to participate.
CYRT 2008
 

Courageous Keelboat Kickoff Regatta, 3/31 - Registration Deadline: Monday, 3/26

First Event of Mass Bay League B Division Fleet Race Series

Please join us for the 4th Courageous Keelboat Kickoff Regatta. The event is a great opportunity to get a lot of kids on the water, early in the season.

Please note:

  • Skippers must be able to sail a Rhodes 19keelboat comfortably and safely in tight quarters, onto and off of a fixed dock.
  • Each "slot" represents 6 sailors (3 in A div, 3 in B). At full capacity (20+ Rhodes 19s) we can accomodate 120+ sailors.
  • This event is open to all MBL and NESSA teams, with 2 slots reserved for each MBL B-Div team.  Registrations will be taken in the order they are received.  All schools may register a second or third team, but these will be waitlisted until the registration deadline, Monday, 3/26. 

The NOR is below.  Let me know if you have any questions, and please register early.

Dave DiLorenzo
Boston Latin School Head Coach
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Notice of Race

2012 Courageous Keelboat Kickoff Regatta (First Event of Mass Bay League B Division Fleet Race Series)

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Location: Courageous Sailing Center, Boston Harbor

Report Time: 0900
Boats: Rhodes 19 Keelboats (3 person crews)
Format: A and B Division
Rules: RRS, ISSA PR, NESSA PR and By-laws, including Article L
(www.NESSA-Sailing.org)
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 1700 hours

Registration: To register, send an email to Cha OConnell that includes the following information:

 
 
1. Name of school
2. Contact info for the coach (phone, email)
3. Number of slots.  (Schools may request any number of slots. MBL B division teams requesting more than 2 slots, and all other teams requesting more than 1 slot, will be kept on the waitlist until after the registration deadline, at which time they will be added in the order they were received, one per school, until all slots have been filled.)
4. In subject line please put "Courageous KeelboatKickoff/School Name"
 

Waiver Forms:
Team members and coaches must complete the following waiver forms and submit at check-in on raceday. Please download and complete in advance to save time:
 
 
 
Courageous Youth Program, (c) Russ Bolt 2008

 

We teach students to embody the values of our COURAGE curriculum, both on the water and off. As they learn to sail, participate in team-building activities and discussions, and engage in community service projects around the harbor, our students cultivate essential life skills including those in communication, teamwork and leadership.


What is Courage?

Courage is the quality of spirit that enables you to face difficulties with self-possession, confidence and resolution. COURAGE also represents a set of values which empowers people to become leaders in school, communities, and the workplace.

 

C

Cooperative

  • Definition: Works with others towards common goals.
  • Recipie: Communication • Compromise • Patience
  • Lingo: We can do this together. How can I help? We are a team.
  • Actions: Actively participates. Encourages others. Communicates effectively.

 

O

Open-Minded

  • Definition: Listen's to others ideas; is willing to consider new ideas.
  • Recipie:Tolerance •Friendliness • Sportsmanship
  • Lingo: What do you think? I never thought of it that way. That's a good idea.
  • Actions: Considers others' input. Welcomes change.

 

U

Understanding

  • Definition: Accepts others with tolerance and sympathy.
  • Recipie:Forgiveness • Communication • Sympathy • Good Listening Skills
  • Lingo: I see what you mean. It's okay to make mistakes.Let's try again.
  • Actions: Sees a situation from someone else's point of view.

 

R

Responsible

  • Definition: Chooses between right and wrong; keeps their word.
  • Recipie:Accountability •Punctuality • Follow-Through • Trustworthy
  • Lingo: I will. You can count on me. That was my fault.
  • Actions: Arrives to class on-time. Brings all equipment on boat. Keeps boat clean.

A

Adventurous

  • Definition: Seeks out new experiences with enthusiasm.
  • Recipie:Effort •Participation •Dedication • Interest
  • Lingo: I'm willing to try.This is fun. Can I do that?
  • Actions: Tries something unfamiliar. Overcomes fear.

 

G

Giving

  • Definition: Looks for ways to positively contribute to their community and the environment.
  • Recipie:Passion •Hard Work•Stewardship • Generosity
  • Lingo: I want to do more.How can I help?
  • Actions: Picks up trash on the pier. Lends a hand when needed.

 

E

Enterprising

  • Definition: Undertakes projects with imagination and initiative.
  • Recipie:Motivation • Creativity • Imagination •Learning •Knowledge
  • Lingo: How does this work? I know I can do it. Let's try this.
  • Actions: Does not give up. Tries new approaches to problems.